Back to April 5, 1976. A law enforcement force jointly formed
by garrison troops, police officers and capital militias
were promptly established, papering to clean up the premises.
As the situation on the square became more volatile by the
hour, the police lined up in a row pressing the crowd towards
the exit at south end near a lush pine grove (it is no longer
there now). But the people had no intention to leave, and
when passing the pine grove, they collected pebbles and threw
them at the cops. The officers retreated, and the crowd immediately
surged back to the square.
Some of the protesters went on to lay siege of a three storey
building which was served as a temporary headquarter of the
joint security force, demanding the return of the wreaths
confiscated, the release of the protesters arrested and a
guarantee for citizens' rights to stay on the square and
to mourn. The demands were not met thus a car belonged to
the headquarter was turned upside down and burned by the
In the next couple of hours, between 1pm and 3pm, a van
and two jeers were also set on fire.
The joint force summoned an army battalion plus 80 police
officers and 200 militias to defend the headquarter, yet
which did not stop the protesters from breaking into the
building. At about 5pm, the headquarter was set alight and
the commanders and their staff crew were forced to flee the
premises through the windows.
It alarmed the government greatly. Strong warnings were
issued about the square curfew. At 10:30pm, a joint force
of 3,000 police officers, 5 battalions of garrison troops
and 10,000 Capital Militias encircled the area around the
monument. All the lights in the square went off in a sudden,
then were quickly switched on again, brighter than ever.
The officers and militias armed with clubs, belts and the
legs from broken chairs or tables rounded about the remaining
mourners and arrested more than 200. Although no one died
in the incident, many were injured during the brutal crackdown.
What happened on the Tomb Sweeping Day somehow failed to
deter the mourners from returning to the square to lay fresh
flowers next day and the day after.
On the third day the authority declared the incident as
a counter-revolution event, and forced everyone to participate
in the condemnation campaign - this sowed the seeds
of resentment deeply which made their final downfall become
public sentiment will certainly turn you into public enemy
and no public enemy can ever end up nicely.
Half a year later the Gang of Four were toppled, and the
majority of people in the country celebrated their demise.
Then how about the Gang of IIII (or spelled as W)? Is the
circle of the history going to complete soon? Very soon?